Liverpool are doing well – almost too well.
In the FA Cup, the final has long been booked. On 14 May at Wembley, we will face Thomas Tuchel and FC Chelsea, who they defeated in the League Cup final 11:10 on penalties at the end of February and thus win the season’s first title.
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And as if the sporting success was not enough, it has now also managed to extend the contract with coach Jürgen Klopp, which expires in 2024, by another two years until 2026.
There are really no problems at Liverpool FC at the moment – at least not at first glance.
There is a problem with pay: Liverpool and Salah are far apart
For behind the scenes, those responsible have for several weeks emphasized the future of what is probably the biggest star: Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian, whose working paper is valid until the summer of 2023, has so far opposed an extension in the traditional club.
Salah would like to move up another wage level, but despite swell accounts, the LFC is not prepared to open up wage structures further.
Salah was named England Footballer of the Year for the second time
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The Daily Mirror reported in September last year that Salah was demanding a full 30 million euros in annual salary – an amount that would almost triple his current salary.
Since his last overtime in the summer of 2018, Salah, who has 30 goals and 14 assists in all tournaments this season, is reported to be earning around £ 200,000 a week.
That equates to about 12.5 million euros a year. Liverpool are said to be ready to raise the top scorer’s salary by around three million a year – too little for Salah.
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As transfer expert Fabrizio Romano recently reported for “The Guardian”, the 29-year-old rejected an offer to extend his contract last December and has rejected new talks since then. Salah will only return to the negotiating table if the offer increases significantly.
It is basically the Egyptian’s wish to stay at Anfield – but not on the terms offered, it reads. So far it is not known that Liverpool FC has improved financially again – and therefore the reds can be sold this summer.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah on the ball
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In any case, the “Daily Mail” reports that Salah is considering moving to France or Spain. PSG could be looking for a suitable replacement for Kylian Mbappé if he leaves the club for Real Madrid after the season. In Spain, Los Blancos and arch-rivals FC Barcelona are, as usual, associated with the world’s biggest names.
Salah: Words like from a farewell speech
Salah is certainly one of the greatest. Since arriving at Liverpool, he has produced impressive numbers, scored 155 goals in 248 games and provided a further 61 assists. The Egyptian won the Champions League in 2019 and was English champion in 2020.
Quotes from a recent interview with the “FourFourTwo” portal suggest that he is still seriously considering leaving his heart club. “Playing in this atmosphere and knowing the fans behind me, the posters in the stadium … and they always sing my song. If I go, it’s going to be a sad moment,” Salah looks to the future with astonishing clarity.
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And further: “This club means a lot to me. I enjoyed football here more than anywhere else. I gave everything for the club and everyone saw it.”
Words that could also come from a farewell speech.
Extension with Salah as a title
One thing is for sure: For Liverpool, the loss of Salah, who was recently named England Footballer of the Year for the second time and leads the island’s goal scorer list with 22 goals, would be a serious blow that could end up ruining what has been a excellent season so far.
The club and its sporting success are everywhere – any Liverpool fan would probably sign on right away. And yet, there should be quite a few supporters who would equate an extension with their top striker with one title or another.
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